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Aug 17, 2015

National Coalition Mourns Passing of Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond- Statement By NCBCP President Melanie Campbell

Our nation and the world have truly lost a champion for justice for all people in the passing of Julian Bond. We will miss his bold and eloquent voice in the fight for civil and human rights. Julian dedicated his life fighting for "the least of these God's children."

Julian Bond lived an exceptional life of service as a civil rights leader, scholar, professor, author, poet, advocate, mentor and friend.

Friend is perhaps the best title for Julian Bond.

A freedom fighter and dynamic force in the civil rights movement. Julian was a friend to everyone. He truly cared about human rights and dignity.

On a personal note, I was blessed to have gotten my start as an organizer to conduct voter registration when Julian was the president of the Atlanta NAACP as a student at Clark College in the early 1980's. Like so many, he supported my leadership over the past 20 years at The National Coalition and for that I am eternally grateful.

We lift up the Bond family in prayers of comfort and join them in celebrating his purpose-driven life of servant leadership.

We will "never forget to remember" Julian Bond by continuing the fight for justice, equality and opportunity now and for future generations.

The National Coalition, founded in 1976, creates and enlightens communities by building institutional capacity that provides and develops leadership. By educating, motivating, organizing, and mobilizing Black communities, the National Coalition seeks to encourage full participation in a barrier-free democratic process. The National Coalition works to expand, strengthen, and empower communities to make voting and civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition. The Black Women's Roundtable (BWR) serves as the women and girls empowerment arm of The National Coalition. BWR promotes health and wellness, economic security and sustainability, education and global empowerment.

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